OLDER people able to act as “Heath Ambassadors” in Warrington this winter are being recruited by health chiefs.
This follows the success of last year’s Winter Warm campaign which helped cut the number of unplanned hospital admissions for winter-related illnesses among older people.
Health Ambassadors are local older people who have received training to deliver key winter warm and health messages, are seen as a critical link to older people in the community.
Health Ambassador Eileen Fitzgerald – who is also chairman of Warrington’s’ Older People’s Engagement Group said: “As a group representing older people in the town we are aware that many older people remain socially isolated and vulnerable within their communities.
” In our role as Health Ambassadors we want to identify and reach this group and deliver health messages for the benefit of their health and wellbeing”
Last year, more than 10,000 older people in Warrington received “Winter Warm” advice through the campaign.
Anyone who wants to know more about the Health Ambassador project and how to get involved can contact Jannette Norton at Warrington PCT on 01925 843725 or email email@example.com
On October 8, the Odeon Cinema in Westbrook will be premiering a number of information films as part of the Winter Warm campaign and World Mental Health Day.
These films were developed locally with older people, local script writers and directors. Free places are available for local older people and those who work in health and social care. Places can be booked by contacting Sarah Watson either by phone 01925 843817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture shows, left to right, Warrington Health Ambassaors Eileen Fitzgerald, Margaret Isherwood, Jenny Redman, Sarah Nicholson. Jean Stringer and Barbara Clark.